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I was reading the bad reviews. There are allot of people whom hold the
belief they are really clever. You will hear comments like:
"Sandra Bullock has become an astronaut but lacks even the basic skills for that occupation." She is a scientist sent in space for a single scientific mission. We do this currently.
"These objects just don't orbit anywhere--ANYWHERE!!!!--near close enough to each other to make these events even remotely possible." You are right as we currently don't have the next generation shuttle and the Chinese don't have a space station yet, so yeah they don't orbit close enough since they are not yet real. You gifted child you.
"No way could Ryan Stone figure out how to operate a Soyuz capsule in a few seconds of reading the manuals." The soyuz capsule is currently an emergency reentry vehicle on board the International Space Station, astronauts are trained on it, even scientists who are not expected to use it. It is pointed out in the movie. The pilot would be the mission commander..... forget it, yeah she learned to fly from the manual, you are a clever little .
"What happened to Clooney character? Is he waiting to appear in the sequel if the film succeeds?" What?!? are you serious? The whole emotional power of what happened to him comes from the fact that you know without seeing it!
"The Chinese craft was already heading toward earth...how?" Its not a craft but a space station in a stable orbit around earth balanced between its inertia around the earth and the pull of our planets gravity.The station was loosing its orbit after the collision.... ohhh just forget it, it was magic.
Lower your expectations, stop watching movie trailers and enjoy a solid movie.
I believe that the enjoyment of a movie is directly proportional among
other to your beforehand expectations about it. So with that in mind,
let me tell you about this movie; It has a completely unoriginal story,
terrible special effects and acting that will never be considered, even
in a slow movie year, Oscar wordy. In short it's an action / science
fiction that should leave you empty.
Yet, it is not boring, quite the contrary. It has a very special 'Je ne sais quoi' to it. I so wanted to use that in a review for which I want to apologies to you.
I enjoyed it more than most films I have seen this year. Perplexed to explain what makes it unique without spoiling it for you and considering my first sentence, I will say after much reflection, seeing it with very low expectations would be the best. It will allow you from the start to get into the world the directors are painting for you, couple that with a possession of a twisted sense of humor and you will find a gem of a movie in there.
In short, for what it is, it is a gem.
In the first opening scenes I was mesmerized by the visuals and the
enchanting raw power of the young Snow White, Raffey Cassidy. I could
see my imagination taking flight in those ayes of hers, a story to come
as pure as her child innocence. I wanted to discover through her the
magical world about to unfold. How I wish now she never had to grow up
and give the main role to Kristen Stewart. At that moment, the movie
died. It would take me 30 minutes to realize what had happened and then
I spent an hour and a half uninterested, squirming in my seat for the
ending, bored among spectacular visuals.
The beautiful decors could not carry the main protagonist. Charlize Theron, so perfect and powerful in her role could not replace the main character. The story itself so old and true could not come to life when the principal was a walking dead. Kristen Stewart, her usual inert self would be perfect to play the role of a corpse. Seeming to realize this, the director gave her very few lines, the ones she had were painfully delivered. Her speech to rouse the troops before the battle, just left me deeply uneasy.
In the end, I did not care for the actors on the stage nor the story. That must be a deadly sin for any movie.
The movie is a solid 5 yet I find myself wondering if there is
something else apart from the obvious that makes it an average title
only worthy if you have 2 hours needed wasting. Apart from the obvious
reasons, after watching it I could feel there was an inner weakness
which was not immediately apparent to me.
The obvious reasons are a story with plot holes and unbelievable situations, two dimensional characters and story lines that go nowhere. The action is real and leaves place for acting and a deep story, two elements which are not there as I said. The story is terribly weak and you feel the actors doing stuff because it's in the script. Allot of the secondary characters are in the movie for no reason, with a story line about them that we don't care about, goes nowhere and remains unresolved in the end. The only story that matters is the hunt by Nash and Brant but the way they are thrown together to visit the serial killer is just retarded, or rather it's just because the script says so. Nash who is responsible for a task-force hunting the serial killer wonders if he can tag along to visit a lead as he has nothing else to do and Brant because he is a nice people person likes the idea to have a partner on this visit (there is allot of sarcasm in what you just read). Those kind of forced events due to the "script says so", and there are many which are well covered by other reviews, just makes the movie unbelievable.
After reflecting further I realized the biggest fail of this movie is that it's a criminal thriller, yet there is no suspense, criminal investigation or thrills. The audience knows who the murderer is from the start, so there is no mystery or excitement in discovering who did it. We know our hero Steven Seagal can't be hurt or killed so we are not concerned about what can happen to him when he meets the serial killer uhhh I mean Jason, Jason Statham, honest mistake I swear. The investigation by the detectives is as exciting and original as the republican debates. So in the end I am left with little realistic action, a story I don't care about which as the movie progresses I find boring, script holes, unbelievable events and characters that act based on a weak script.
There must have been some cool moments otherwise I wouldn't give it a 5, I just can't remember them right now.
If you want to watch it because of the epic war theater - the siege of
Leningrad - don't. As a war movie this one is a complete JOKE - from
the bad special effects to a director with zero grasp of reality: in
one scene 20 Germans are running towards 20 dug in Russians. The
Russians counter attack by getting out and running towards the Germans.
They shoot once and then they charge, the Germans do the same like a
civil war battle and then we have a hand to hand fight of those 40
people?!?!? And that represents the battle at the Leningrad front. You
want see more, that's it, that's all, move along to the acting.
Acting - 2nd rate. You will see the 2 stars, Gabriel Byrne and Mira Sorvino tired and going trough the mechanics of acting. Good performance from the kids and Olga Sutulova.
Ohh, but Wait you say! This is a great drama, an epic in human suffering and endurance, thats why i will watch it! Yeah, but this movie does no justice to the Siege of Leningrad where 1.5 million people lost their lives. It barely scratches the surface of the 872 days of bravery, self sacrifice and complete horror that was the siege.
The real problem with the movie is that after watching it i feel angry at an epic story being told to me by amateurs, for that is how it feels at the end. (except the kids and the militia girl)
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
I blame the director and the script writer. This movie has good parts,
but at the end if i had to pin the bad it is the way the story was put
together. You see an 'amateur' directing with a vision which i could
not agree with. I had trouble expressing whats wrong with this movie
but there it is - an amateur story telling.
Without giving spoilers, i found my self disagreeing with the tempo of the action, the forced confrontations and negotiations, the arguments for why the characters are acting this way. It seemed that they were doing it because the director demanded it for the next scene to make sense. Even in small things like the doctor saying to Farrell 'we found you by the river'... seemed to say to me, so that's why you are here as you see we have a river in this country and you were by it and we found you, and so there you go, that's why you are back here with me lets move on .... made me angry.
So i disliked the movie as it was forced. Farrell is nice but working with this script/director is a pain to watch.
This is not a series for everyone and many people will find a lot in it
offensive. They will have good cause. If you are under 16 you should
not watch it. Why am i so excited by it then: For the ones that want to
see fights, blood, brutality, sex, men looking like gods, blood,
erotica, excitement, blood, swearing, allot of skulls being bashed,
sweat, savagery, arena fights, honor, friendships intrigues,
assassinations, and lets not forget some more blood, this is a show for
It is brutal and it is one of the best shows out there. It is not a soup opera and if you are one of those people that got excited by a show like CAPRICA skip this one.
This show makes your hart race. The first episode is the weakest, but by episode 4 which i just saw i am swearing by all the Roman Gods that this is what i was born to watch. It is raw bloody entertainment!
This show is so unique, it is in a category with THE WIRE, thought they have noting in common and their uniqueness lies in completely different places, they are bot light years away of what is being made.
For a low budget with computer graphics, after the first weaker episode, the show becomes so realistic, by episode 4 it has griped me in its razor sharp clutches and the downward spiral of darkness is leaving bloody marks on my soul!
If you like it you will love it, if you don't like it you will hate it.